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Spotting Common Masonry Damage

Masonry throughout a home’s exterior creates a timeless and classic aesthetic that anyone can love. We deal with masonry chimneys a lot, and we love the way they enhance the value and look of homes all through the Lake Norman area! That being said, this material needs to be properly maintained in order for it to stand the test of time.

Fortunately for you, it’s easier than ever to make sure your masonry stays looking great year after year – just depend on the expert team at SirVent Chimney & Venting Service! We’re sure we can fix up any damages or issues you may be facing. Give our CSIA certified staff a call today to see what we can do for you!

Water Damage

One of the most common causes of masonry wear and tear is due to water damage. When too much moisture is given access to your brickwork and mortar, your structure will break down fast! It may seem hard to believe, but brick is actually quite absorbent. When water gets access to your chimney system, you’re left facing stains, clogs, rot, rust, deterioration, and more. And you definitely want to avoid extra water once temperatures drop! It will freeze up, causing your brickwork to expand and inviting a whole new set of issues.

Luckily, we’re here to restore your brickwork and mortar, so that things look like new again in no time! When our certified technicians are on the job, you can rest easy knowing that your structure will stand strong and sturdy for years to come.

Once we’re done with our repairs and restorations, let us waterproof your system, so you don’t have to worry about excess moisture again any time soon. Our products keep water out, but still allow your chimney to vent out vapors and fumes, as necessary. Give us a call today to learn more!

Crown Issues

Crown issues are another common scenario when it comes to crumbling masonry. Your crown goes through a lot as it works to direct water away from your chimney’s interior. It faces all kinds of nasty weather, and all that wear and tear can definitely take it’s toll! If your crown wasn’t designed properly from the start, you may be noticing some crumbling and cracks. Such an important piece of your chimney’s anatomy should really be better protected!

We’ll get your crown back to normal in no time. Whether you need a few quick repairs or a total restoration job, we are here to help you out! Count on our crew to handle it all!

Other Cracks & Crumbling

Whether it’s due to water damage, heavy winds, unexpected collisions, or something else, crumbling and cracked masonry isn’t good for the health of your system or the safety of your home. Call in our experts ASAP, so that we can help you bring in 2018 with best fireplace system around! We’ll talk to you soon!

Common Masonry Repairs

If you own a masonry chimney, it is important to know about the regular maintenance required to keep it in the best condition possible. All of the elements of the chimney are important for efficient functionality and knowing the different components will help out a lot in the long run, as far as preventing any major issues. Read up on some of the more common masonry repairs below and be sure to ask your chimney sweep to check for any signs of deterioration or damage in your next annual inspection.

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The chimney crown sits on top of the chimney and does all of the hard work in keeping dirt and excess debris out of it. It also shields the chimney from bad weather and helps to prevent the damage that comes with excess rain and winds. Since the crown ends up taking on a lot of wear and tear, it is often in need of regular repair and maintenance.

At SirVent Chimney and Venting Service, we have the tools and expertise necessary for repairing or rebuilding any chimney crown. The experts here will do a thorough inspection of your crown and assess what it needs to work effectively for your masonry chimney. We will also do whatever possible to ensure that it will stay stronger longer, keeping your chimney and fireplace safe throughout any type of weather conditions.

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When water gets into your brick and mortar, your chimney ends up a lot weaker throughout time. Brick is very absorbent and all of the water it takes in during the warmer months will freeze when temperatures drop. Once the water thaws again during spring, your chimney will settle, putting a lot of excess pressure on your brickwork as a whole.

We have many different solutions for repairing any cracks or damage and for keeping your chimney strong throughout time. You can also look into our waterproofing options so you can avoid any issues with water damage in the future. At SirVent, we take our time and carefully analyze the best options for each customer’s specific needs. We want your chimney to last and work efficiently so that you can enjoy it to the fullest for many years into the future.


Flashing is necessary for preventing leaks and other forms of water damage. It entails putting metal sheets where the chimney and roof meet. If it is done correctly, you will find yourself with lasting protection, and your chimney will stay in great shape for many years. Unfortunately, if it is done by someone who is not properly educated on the process or technique involved in installing flashing, you may find yourself with more issues and problems.

Whether you need flashing repaired, have cracks or leaks, need crown work, or any other masonry issue, SirVent Chimney and Venting Service is here to help. Give us a call today!